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Destination-Report Dublin: Days between U2 Facebook Google {review}

Meeting venues can be a lot: beautiful, creative or luxurious. Above all, Dublin is one thing: original and humorous. Ireland002

Meetings in Google country

A humorous meeting location? Sounds a bit absurd, but in fact I can not think of an adjective that would better describe the special atmosphere of the Irish capital. Of course, as I already reported last year, there are classic, professional meeting locations:

For example the Dublin Convention Center, Ireland's largest conference center with a capacity for 4.000 people, incidentally not far from Google and Facebook away. Or the Maldron, a classic conference hotel that is very close by. Nevertheless, I was particularly impressed by Dublin with its somewhat more original locations and its exciting range of activities.

Maldron Hotel


Location of U2

For example, the Clarence Hotel, which belongs to U2. It is centrally located near the well-known Temple Bar on the River Liffey and offers a fantastic view over Dublin on the upper floors. It has 51 rooms in seven room categories and a penthouse with a fantastic terrace, which can be divided into two suites - they are also suitable for very small group meetings up to eight people.

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In addition, the gallery of the Penthouse is available for meetings up to 30 persons. However, the main meeting room is the Clarence Suite on the fourth floor overlooking the Liffey, which can be divided into two or three rooms. It provides standing space for up to 120 persons and sitting depending on the seating maximum 80.



Formerly the best hotel in the city

The room rates are between 129,00 Euro and 2800.00 Euro for a penthouse, depending on the utilization, the prices for meetings have to be arranged individually.

At its reopening 1996 boutique hotel was the best house in the city, meanwhile, not only does the furniture altogether a little old-fashioned, but the hotel is in some places also in need of renovation. Only next year, the windows are to be double glazed, which is why it is quite loud so far. Also, the food is not just impressive culinary delights and is also quite spartan. The employees, however, see these impressions calm, that can be found charmingly funny - or indifferent, depending on the perspective.



Creativity with Gaelic Football

I chose the first one, because on the whole Dublin impressed me above all with its creativity and originality: First and foremost, there is certainly the name Croke Park, Ireland's biggest stadium for the local national sports Hurling and Gaelic Football and thus a unique location worldwide. It offers space for 80.000 people on three floors and also features 87 custom meeting rooms and 5000 square meters of event and exhibition space.

The largest room is the Hogan Suite for up to a maximum of 800 people (sitting), as well as smaller meeting areas for 8 to 80 people. What is exciting is the Players Lounge: Here the players keep up after the match, otherwise it can be rented for 150 persons. From the event venues the game can be partly tracked, but of course places can also be booked in the grandstand. Right next to the stadium is the Croke Park Hotel with 232 rooms and other meeting venues, the history of sports can be admired at the GAA Museum.



Dublin is a great destination for incentive and team building trips, especially for its exceptional activity offerings. With whole special sports: Hurling and Gaelic Fotball.


Gaelic Games as teambuilding

If you want to look at Hurling and Gaelic-Fotball not only in the Croke Park (part 1 of the article), but as Teambuilding itself, the experience Gaelic Games is recommended. The organizer offers leading groups up to 1000 people the opportunity to learn the basic principles of Gaelic Fotball or Hurling and, if necessary, to compete against each other in small teams.

As owner Georgina Carraher explains, that works Company with numerous players and coaches, of which some 50 Leut are used simultaneously for group training. Participants can try out different variations, just like a circuit training.



Meetings in the museum

In addition, Experience Gaelic Games has the opportunity to carry out events at various locations outside and inside: the company itself is responsible for the equipment, helmets, balls and rackets and goals. Customers include companies like Google, Renault, Conferce Direkt or GFK.

Another interesting location for meetings is the Little Museum (15 St. Stephens Green). It is Dublin's only city museum founded by two artists. There is even a Trabi in a U2 exhibition, and the hall with its historic ambience can also be rented for meetings and events.




Dublin offers not only exciting meeting venues but also the option for interesting activities: for example, a guided bike tour with Dublin City Bike Tours. I had reservations about cycling in the group and sight-seeing at the same time, but I was quickly told a lesson: Brian Griffin and his team show up to a maximum of 30 people in Dublin by bike.

You use the small, rarely used side streets and, as a native Dubliner, have a lot of exciting stories in store - right up to Facebooks “secret” headquarters. But the company offers even more: It uses practical folding bicycles that can also be transported by bus to the nearby mountains for groups. From there, the participants can comfortably return to the city by cycling downhill.



Coast and sailing

Also very nice is a trip to Howth: only 20 minutes away with the local train you can do great, not quite unappealing cliff walks. 18 KM long is the entire route to enjoy the Howth Head with a really great view.

Across from Howth, south of Dublin, is Dun Laoghaire, Dublin's old port. The Dublin-based large IT companies such as Google, Facebook or twitter come here for sailing. Yacht trips can be chartered from Go Sailing. The company, based in Dublin and Sydney, offers sailing yacht charters for groups and has two ships in Dublin for a maximum of 28 people.



Sailing like Google

For larger groups, Go Sailing requires a longer lead-time because it has to organize further boats. However, as I have experienced myself, he can react spontaneously to changed group sizes.

The Irish National Sailing School is a few meters further on, where groups can rent small and large boats - a possibility that companies like Google regularly use, for example. Disadvantage: You have to come out for sailing from the rather big harbor.



On a trip to Ireland, cuisine and culture should not be missing in the MICE area. And here, too, Dublin is waiting with some very special offers.


Irish jewelry design and style teambuilding

The Irish design shop on Drury Street sells Irish design from all over Ireland, which is experiencing a strong upturn in the economic crisis. Groups up to 12 People can book courses in Irish jewelery design.

This is also interesting because Ireland is commonly associated neither with design nor with art. All the more exciting are the art tours of the former auctioneer Cathy Roche of Art Impressions. It offers no dry museum tours, but takes groups on an exciting journey through art history. Guided tours that, interestingly, are also suitable for team building because, as Kathy Roche explains, art is something very personal, despite a different opinion, and gives rise to a lot of discussion.


Ghostbus: Between Dracula and Cemetery

I did not like the evening tour with the Ghostbus, which took us on a journey to the morbid and gruesome sites of Dublin - including nocturnal visits to the cemetery and the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral.

Although the whole is well done and learn a lot about Dracula, Frankenstein or medieval torture methods, however, the whole seems a bit Disneyland-like. However, it is a city tour of a different kind, even if one of the city unfortunately sees only little.



Culinary for groups

Good food can be found at the Winding Stair Restaurant, 40 Lower Ormond Quay. It is more suitable for small groups, but comfortable and with a beautiful view on the river.

The Eden Bar and Grill, 7 South William Street, is better suited for groups, not just for its great food: it's space for around 100 people, and the service is efficient and fast, especially for larger groups. For fish, the deep restaurant in Howth is a good address.



One of the three most beautiful gardens in the world

Well 30 Located southwest of Dublin in the county of Wicklow is Powerscourt Estate, a mansion of the 18. Century with 68 rooms. It is famous for its garden, which has been recognized by National Geographic as one of the three most beautiful gardens in the world. There is an event location for up to 150 persons seated at the disposal.

The Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa, which is part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, offers more space: 200 rooms and 10 meeting rooms on 1.1176m², the largest of which can accommodate up to 600 people. The hotel has three restaurants, a golf course, and phenomenal views of the area. The room prices start at around 150 euros per night. Depending on the package, the meeting rooms are charged from 70 euros per person per day, including two coffee breaks and a lunch buffet. Unfortunately, the service in this hotel did not convince me during our short visit and the pool is unfortunately in the basement.



Medieval monastic ruins

Not far away is the Glendalough Monastery, a medieval monastic ruin in the Wicklow Mountains. Around the monastery complex of Glendalough, several hiking trails lead to the two lakes and through the mountains, which promise splendid viewpoints and are so suitable for appropriate group activities. Unfortunately, the valley is quite overcrowded during the weekend.

As a means of transport of the somewhat more luxurious kind for smaller groups up to 12 persons offers itself Ganters Chaufeurservice, which take over on the spot also guidance. and recommend a local Irish pubs. Aer Lingus has several direct flights from Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich to Dublin.



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2 responses to “Destination-Report Dublin: days between U2 Facebook Google {Review} ”

  1. sazzy says:

    OK, now I definitely want to go to Dublin thanks to this great contribution! I want to go to Ireland to go to a few pubs for work. Yes, I know it's a great job when I have beer while doing it!) - Field research :) Cheers!

    • Simone Janson says:

      Hello Sazzy,
      Nice that you liked the post and we could give a suggestion. An interesting job indeed ;-)

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